US 3579871 A
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United States Patent  Inventor Lloyd H. Eddington 4330 Kling St., Burbank, Calif. 91505  Appl. No. 844,460
 Filed July 24, 1969  Patented May 25, 1971  RECORD BOOK 10 Claims, 9 Drawing Figs.
 U.S. Cl 35/66, 281/39  Int. Cl B431 1/00  Field of Search 35/61, 62, 66; 281/39  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,512,827 10/1924 Deutsch 35/66 2,818,662 1/1958 Payne 35/66 FOREIGN PATENTS 745,449 2/1956 Great Britain 35/66 Primary Examiner-Harland S. Skogouist Attorney-Robert E. Geauque ABSTRACT: A record book comprising a plurality of leaves wherein each leaf is centrally divided in the transverse direction with separate writing sections located on each side of the division. Each writing section includes a series of longitudinal separate writing spaces, each space having a wax backing with an opaque writing strip covering the backing and a clear plastic outside cover over the writing strip. The writing strip of each space can be removed from in contact with the wax backing. The stylus is to be retained when not in use within a hinge connection which maintains the entire book in the closed, not-in-use position.
RECORD BOOK BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Name and address books have been relatively in common use throughout our present day society. Each book usually has an area for the names of individuals and their addresses in a generally adjacent location to the name. Also, most such books provide an additional space for the partys phone number.
Also, there are many different types of such name and address books.-All such books are basically the same in that they provide spaces for the insertion of a partysname and'address and phone number with the names to be inserted in alphabetical order. With this type of name and address book there hasv always been one major problem and that is: What if a party's address or phone number changes or if the name itself changes, how can this correction or addition be inserted without affecting the sequential arrangement and yet be done in a neat manner? Also, an additional disadvantage is that quite frequently an additional party is to be added. How can this addition be effected yet maintaining alphabetical sequence and not causing relocation of several other parties names and addresses already located within the book? Heretofore, there have been some attempts at designing books which overcome the above-noted difficulties. Probably the most common type of book has been designed to be employed with a pencil in that the graphite writing of a pencil can be readily erased thereby facilitating change. However, the use of a pencil has certain disadvantages. Besides the time involved to effect erasure of pencil writing, pencil writings tend to easily smear. Other attempts at designing books to overcome the above-noted difficulties have been books with replaceable leaves, and also books in which each party's name, address and phone number are to be placed on a completely separate leaf. Regarding the type of book which has replaceable pages, what usually occurs is upon making a change or addition, the other names on that page have to be recopied onto a new page, the result being work effort over and above that required to make the original change or addition. The primary disadvantage in complying a book which uses a separate leaf for each partys name and address is that it becomes rather bulky in size if the list of individuals is of any significance.
It would be a primary advantage to design a name and address book wherein each name could be changed without losing its sequential location. Also, it would be most desirous to design a book wherein an address or phone number could be changed without causing rewriting of the name or vice versa.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The record book of this invention comprises the employment of at least one leaf hingedly mounted between a front cover and a back cover. When in the closed position, the front cover and back cover cooperate through a hinge to form a closed unit. The pivot rod of the hinge comprises the stylus which is to be employed to form the writings within the book. Each leaf within the book is transversely centrally divided on each side thereof into right and left writing sections. Each writing section comprises a series of longitudinal writing spaces, each writing space comprising a wax backing and a covering strip, the strip being removable from its contactual position with the backing. Actually, the strip is to be removed by means of a pivoting action of the strip itself from its outer edge toward the center dividing element. Each strip is capable of being securely held in place in contactual relationship with its backing in a securely retainable manner. A clear plastic cover is to be placed over the strips. Writing is to be accomplished by applying the stylus to the clear plastic cover and exerting sufficient force to impress the strip against the wax backing. As a result, with movement of the stylus along the strip, an impression will result which would he in the form of writing.
. 2 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the record book of this invention showing it in the closed inoperative'position with the stylus mounted within the cooperating hinge connection of the book covers;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the book of FIG. 1 with the stylus removed and the covers separated, showing the book leaves; I
FIG. 3 is a partly sectional view taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2 showing in more detail Applicants novel leaf construction;
FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 3 showing the leaf construction in more detail;
FIG. 5 is a side view of Applicants book assembly taken along line 5-5 of FIG. 3; 7
FIG. 6 is an enlarged plan view of the writing strip retaining device of Applicant's invention;
FIG. 7 is a sectional view taken along line 7-7 of FIG. 6;
FIG. 8 is an enlarged plan view of the fastener element located on the strip which is to cooperate with the retaining device of FIG. 6; and
FIG. 9 is an enlarged top view of the writing strip retaining device of FIG. 6.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE SHOWN EMBODIMENT Referring particularly to the drawing, there is shown in FIG. 1 a record book 10 having a front cover 12 and a back cover 14. Covers 12 and 14 are connected together through a binding 16 and with the covers 12 and 14 in the closed position as shown in FIG. 1 of the drawing, hinge elements 18 of cover 12 cooperate with hinged elements 20 of cover 14. A stylus 22 is to be insertable within the hinge elements 18 and 20 thereby retaining the record book 10 in its closed position.
Pivotally attached to the binding 16 is a leaf 24. Fixedly attached to the inside of each cover 12 and 14 are leaves 26 and 28, respectively. It is to be understood that although one leaf 24 is shown, any other number of leaves could be employed. The construction of the leaves 24, 26 and 28 is basically the same except that 24 has the same construction on two sides, where leaves 26 and 28 are only to be writable upon one side. In the following description similar parts of leaves 24, 26 and 28 will be denoted with like numerals.
Leaves 24, 26 and 28 are constructed of a central wax sheet 30. Sheet 30 is to be formed of a black wax; however, any other dark colored wax would be satisfactory. Longitudinally mounted on each side of the leaf 24 and on the inside of leaves 26 and 28 are a series of writing strips 32. There are shown in the drawing seven in number such writing strips on each side of the leaves. However, it is believed to be obvious that the selection of the number and six of such strips are to be a matter of choice and in no way should limit Applicant's invention.
Each writing strip 32 includes a male fastening element 34 located adjacent each extremity of each writing strip. Each element 34 is to cooperate with a slot 36 which has been attached to the wax sheet 30. There is a series of slots 36 which are formed within a band 38, and the band 38 is wrapped about and securely held about sheet 30. In actual practice, band 38 is held by depending arms, first set of such arms 40 extending from one side of the band 38 through the sheet 30 and terminating within recesses 42 located in the other side of the band 38. A second set of such arms 44 extends from the top side of the band 38 through the sheet 30 to the underside of the band 38 and also terminates in recesses therein (not shown). The function of ,the fastening element 34 within the slot 36 is such that an element 34 must be forcibly inserted within the slot 36. A slight expansion of the slot 36 results which retains the fastening element 34.
A dividing strip 46 is employed on each leaf 24, 26 and 28 to centrally divide each leaf in a transverse direction. The strips 46 are secured by a plurality of brackets 47, each of which has three prongs extending through the backing 30 from one side and folded over on the other side. Each writing strip 32 on either side of the dividing strip 46 is a continuous strip which is held in contact with the wax backing 30 due to the binding action of the dividing strip 46. There is a clear 5 plastic cover 45 over the entire surface area of the writing strips 32. Cover 45 can be included over the dividing strip 46; however, in the embodiment shown the cover is adhesively bonded to the interior of the dividing strip 46. Attached to the free end of each writing strip 32 is an enlarged section 48 to facilitate its manual grasping thereof and to also provide sufficient rigidness to support fastener 34.
To make insertions within the record book of this invention,
the stylus 22 is removed from the hinge elements 18 and 20, the covers 12 and 14 spread apart, and the stylus 22 is then employed as a writing instrument against the clear plastic cover 45 of a particular writing space. If the entry within the book is a change (such as a change of address), the strip 32 for that entry is removed from in contact with its backing 30 by grasping section 48 and removing fastener 34 from its corresponding slot 36. The strip 32 is then pivoted against the dividing strip 46 and then replaced in its original installed position with fastener 34 cooperating within slot 36. The new address or other change or addition is then impressed upon the writing strip 32.
1. A record leaf comprising:
an inner wax sheet;
a first translucent sheet secured to one side of said wax sheet and a second translucent sheet secured to the opposite side of said wax sheet, said first and second writing sheets being normally in contactual relationship with said wax sheet and capable of being removed from contact therewith, said first and second writing sheets being divided into two approximately equal in area longitudinal writing sections by a dividing strip, each writing section comprising a plurality of writing strips being longitudinally slit from the edge of each of said writing sections to said dividing strip, said writing strips being of like width and equal in number on each writing section and wide enough to be written upon in ordinary six handwriting; and
a transparent cover extending over the entire area of said writing strips, said transparent cover functioning to be contacted by a stylus and transferring the impression of the stylus to said writing strips.
2. An apparatus as defined in claim 1 wherein: a binding strip made of suitable material and being about the same length and width as said dividing strip, said binding strip having spines of a suitable number and length projecting in such a manner to be capable of impaling said first and second translucent sheets and said wax sheet and said dividing strip, said binding strip to be positioned directly over said dividing strip.
3. An apparatus as defined in claim 2 wherein: an adhesive covering strip adheres over that area of said transparent cover overlying said dividing strip.
4. An apparatus as defined in claim 2 wherein: each of said writing strips is secured to said wax sheet by a fastening means at each end thereof.
5. An apparatus as defined in claim 4 wherein: said fastening means comprises a male element attached adjacent to each end of each writing strip and corresponding female elements attached to said wax sheet.
6. An apparatus as defined in claim 5 wherein: each of said female elements comprising a slot, a series of such slots formed in a band, a first and second band being attached to said wax sheet adjacent its longitudinal extremities thereof.
7. An apparatus as defined in claim 6 wherein: said wax sheet is formed of a dark colored wax.
8. An apparatus as defined in claim 7 wherein: said wax sheet being black in color.
9. An apparatus as defined in claim 8 wherein: said record leaf being attached to a bindin of a front cover and a back cover of a record book, the msi e face of said front cover and the inside face of said back cover each sustain the same arrangement of sheets and strips as that sustained by one face of said leaf located between them thereby creating two additional writing surfaces.
10. An apparatus as defined in claim 9 wherein: said front cover and said back cover cooperating through a hinge element when said record book is in the closed not-in-use position, said hinge element being capable of supporting the stylus.